So, here are some modern day heroes in action. Hopefully, you find this as cool as I do. I’ve always been a fan of Project Gutenberg, where you can find full text versions of public domain books. However, downloading and reading them is somewhat awkward. However, with the whole ipod revolution, this project provides easy access to wonderful literature that you can simply download and listen to while on the plane or on a long trip. Wonderful.
So, yesterday I was in writing group, and the concept of unlikely heroes was bouncing around in my head. I did a presentation for a school group on Monday, and encouraged them to write about characters who didn’t quite fit in to their ‘place’ in the story.
Anyway, the following occurred to me, and while I realize it’s not the most horribly original idea around, it still wouldn’t leave me alone. So, I thought I’d throw it up here.
Story Idea of the Day: Write a story about a warrior (modern or ancient) who can no longer fight because he/she has a physical ailment. (I was thinking arthritis.)
I guess the reason this concept fascinated me so much is the fact that it likely occurred all the time. Being a soldier, especially in older times, was something that would dominate everything about who you were. I imagine some grizzled mercenary–still young enough to want to be fighting–who has something go wrong with his hands while he is still young. The longing to fight, yet the relief that he no longer CAN fight, would be a wonderful source of tension. I imagine him looking down on a battlefield with the same mournful eyes that a dieting person looks at a slice of cheesecake.